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Problems with the Argument from Fine Tuning

Mark Colyvan, Jay L. Garfield and Graham Priest
Synthese
Vol. 145, No. 3 (Jul., 2005), pp. 325-338
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20118600
Page Count: 14
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Problems with the Argument from Fine Tuning
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Abstract

The argument from fine tuning is supposed to establish the existence of God from the fact that the evolution of carbon-based life requires the laws of physics and the boundary conditions of the universe to be more or less as they are. We demonstrate that this argument fails. In particular, we focus on problems associated with the role probabilities play in the argument. We show that, even granting the fine tuning of the universe, it does not follow that the universe is improbable, thus no explanation of the fine tuning, theistic or otherwise, is required.

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